Preface: I already read Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven? and Baking pizza without an oven.

The package of many prearranged, UNcooked frozen flour products presuppose the use of an electric or microwave oven. However, how can these desserts be cooked without them?
I have available an electric stovetop, pans, and also a rice cooker.

I exemplify frozen flour products with the following: ACE Bakery Frozen Bake Your Own™ Baguettes, Flatbreads, Focaccia and Waitrose Frozen Cheesecakers, Pies, Tarts.

  • should frozen be in the title since that is the main distinguisher between the questions you link to? Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 14:23
  • @MHH Thanks. I wish to ask about both frozen and fresh products.
    – user24882
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 14:24
  • A method used on sailboats for baking bread without an oven, is to use a pressure cooker on a stove top. Google should have examples/instructions/recipes. Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 16:31
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    There is a method of building an oven out of baking stone and clay pot. Or you can use dutch oven with a brick or stone on the bottom – the idea here is to distribute heat all around, not only on the bottom. That's the idea behind any oven and clay and rock are the best at that, they have been used for millennia before our gas or electric ovens. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:51

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From your list of 'electric stovetop, pots, and rice cooker' I would suggest constructing a double boiler by placing one pot inside another where the inner pot has a lid and the outer pot has a measure of water sufficient to support the inner pot (a steel bowl would be preferable, but you didn't mention that). Using a low heat (just enough to bring the water to a boil). Place your product inside and be prepared to wait. The double boiler will closely resemble oven like convection to evenly (albeit slowly) heat your food. It should brown well and you minimize the risk of burning. If you are making something like a small pizza, you should definitely add a small bit of oil/butter to the bottom of the inner pan.

Do you have access to a 'slow cooker' (crock pot)? These can be used to create a variety of 'baked' goods (breads, pizza, cakes...) But I am guessing not (because you didn't list it...) However, you do mention a 'rice cooker' which is not that different (depending on the brand/style) and I would be inclined to experiment with that.


I've heard of peace corp volunteers in Africa baking cakes on outdoor charcoal fires. It takes some patience but it works!

Here's an example of how it can be done: http://www.oliviaprentzel.com/blog/2016/3/31/how-to-make-a-peace-corps-oven

You might be able to jerry-rig the steps to do it on an electric stove top.


Fairly simple:

Assuming using a standard round cake pan

  1. Take a large pot that can fit a cake pan; and put on stove with lid; heat for about 5 mins on low/med.
  2. Insert a wire rack or some other flameproof device that will hold your cake or baking pan up at least 1 inch from bottom.
  3. Insert cake pan and cover; cook about 40 mins; until knife comes out clean
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    I've tried this before, as a poor student in a tiny dorm room without an oven. It never worked for me, but it ruined my large pot.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 8:25
  • not sure i understand how; but thanks for downvote. Its fairly simple; heat in object until its 350; it's really no different the oven. I've used successfully over campfires for years. Using a cheap pot would result in failure.
    – zerobane
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 18:55
  • @rumtscho can you elaborate. Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 1:42
  • @MHH there isn't much to elaborate. The food didn't bake, but the outer pot was burnt on the bottom.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 16:43
  • it burned on the bottom? Either you didn't lift cake off the surface at least 1 inch or you used a extremely thin pan. cast iron would be the best bet.
    – zerobane
    Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 16:39